Another bad dr appt. long

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mommygee, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. mommygee

    mommygee New Member

    I've started a list of "bad" doctors since I've been having flare-ups. The list is up to 4 since Feb 2006.

    Add another one to the list. I went to an ENT specialist yesterday for my chronic throat and ear pain. Here's a recap.

    It was so AWFUL. I have a sore throat and severe ear pain. He said my throat was red and my tonsils were large but not infected (he didn't do a throat culture). Then he mentioned I had TMJ..yes, I know this...I've had
    it for years, my jaw pops but I haven't noticed that I've been grinding or clenching my jaw. He told me to take 9 advil a day for pain. Wow...I didn't know you could do that.
    Anyway, he brushed over my ear pain and then proceeded to lecture me on the other medications that my other doc is prescribing (Ambien to sleep). He said I probably had Post-Partum Depression (which I'm already taking Lexapro for). Basically, he ignored the problem...I was there for and talked down to me. He told me to come back if my
    throat hurts again (it hurts right now!!!) Then he walked out. His PA was still there and I started to cry. I told her I was already taking 4 Advil a day plus another anti-inflammatory (Mobic) and that I didn't think taking so much Advil was safe with the Mobic. She said "you're right, let me go ask him". She returned and said "Quit
    taking the Mobic". Well....how come he didn't notice the conflict in medications? It was on my paperwork! What if I didn't ask?
    So I go home and Google "TMJ" and it says "sometimes TMJ can be so severe that your ears feel like you have an ear infection." Did the dr mention that? no. I obviously have a severe case of TMJ and he gave me no other treatment suggestions. And if a DR thought his patient had PPD, why would you end the appt when they were crying?

    My husband called to speak with him because I was so upset. The dr told my husband that I should see a psychiatrist!! The dr said he was offended that that he was questioning him. My husband said "I don't care...you need to be aware of how your patients view how you treat them".

    I'm still very upset about it. And my ears are still killing me. It was a total waste of sick time from work, a long drive , and a co-pay.

    thanks for listening.
  2. Catseye

    Catseye Member

    Stop payment on the check and fill out a nice, nasty complaint on the BBB website. All doctors are incorporated to protect their "ass-ets" so call his office and ask for the name of his company. Then make a complaint. It will be humiliating for him at the very least.

    Another way you know a good doctor is if he talks to you in detail about nutrition and if he recommends any nutrients. All the docs that know anything about cfs that I've read about online all recommend at least some nutrients. If a doc does not, they probably aren't interested in making you better. And this guy sounds like a real Richard!

    don't let him get to you, he's just a really dumb guy with a good memory

    karen
  3. mommygee

    mommygee New Member

    I will do that.

    I filed a complaint with my insurance too. They said they consider complaints when re-newing their contract with him.
  4. fungirl2100

    fungirl2100 New Member

    Sure are lots of bad docs out their. Sorry what you went through. Don't go back..don't pay either..

    fungirl
  5. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    Hi Mommygee~~

    If I were you, I would immediately do something, anything, everything you could possibly do to let him know your not going to take his word for anything he told you and how you were treated. Write the AMA, or his practice, the head of his office or whoever it takes to make this right!!

    The minute he mentioned PPD, he wasn't interested in hearing anything more!! You might have PPD, but thats still no excuse to being treated the way you were!! For you husband to call and talk to him, and for him to be offended by that, is beyond the medical field practice of helping their patients and doing whatever it takes to do no harm and to be there for his patients!!

    God forbid WE should offend any Doctor!! Well, its about time we all did!!!

    His belief is working with patients who have just ear, nose and throat problems, so he shut you out the minute anything else was mentioned and didn't even offer any support or help to deal with your pain issues until you could see someone else that perhaps deals with TMJ. Which I have also, but I have always had help, and was told if I had anymore problems arise, to see my dentist, oral surgeon who treat TMJ, or all the Dr's working together to find what works best for me!! This is how it went for me and my treatment options. NOT see a psychiatrist unless YOU feel you need to!!! He has no right to pass judgement on you know matter what HE thinks is wrong with you!!

    I would consider him a very incompetent Dr., and others need to know this about this jerk!!! I had a very bad experience a little over a week ago with a pain management Dr. who I am now taking action against, as I was treated like I was a fool and talked down to for no reason,he just didn't want to spend the time with me and go over all my pain issues. Which I was told it would be a 3 hr appt., and it turned into 20 minutes of his time and mine!! I also went out of there crying and just sitting in my car asking myself...what the heck just happened in there!! LOL!!! And also questioning myself if I did something wrong or was it just him and didn't feel like dealing with another pain patient that particular day..who knows..but he didn't treat me with any respect, nor helped me in anyway!!

    I'm sooo sorry this happened to you and I wish I could make you feel better. But if you can do something about it, I would! I'm so tired of hearing about how poorly all of us here are being treated by these so called "God like" Dr's now a days! It has to stop somewhere before it really gets any worse, if thats possible, as their already a bunch of jerks. Maybe their the ones who need to see a psychiatrist and work out their issues!! LOL!!

    I also believe that much Advil wouldn't be good for your stomach or your liver either!!

    Good luck and I hope you do find some help and relief with another Dr. who does have some compassion and help for you. I know their out there somewhere, its just looking and looking for the right one!! Don't let one rotten Dr. ruin it for you, he isn't worth it!

    I'm sooo sorry for my ranting, but as you can see, I've been there and its not fun, so I know how you feel. I guess I got kind of carried away though, didn't I?

    Big gentle hugs,
    Shelby